It's Punky Brewster
It's Punky Brewster is a 1985-1986 animated spin-off of the live action television sitcom Punky Brewster. It was animated by Ruby-Spears Productions. The show uses the same premise and main cast as its parent series, but also includes a magical sprite named Glomer. 26 episodes were produced over two seasons.
|Based on||Punky Brewster, created by David W. Duclon|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Running time||30 mins.|
|Original release||September 14, 1985 –|
December 6, 1986
The series featured the voices of the original Punky Brewster cast as their respective characters. A new character, Glomer (voiced by Frank Welker), was added as the "leprechaun gopher". He came from Chaundoon, a city at the end of the rainbow and possesses various magical powers. One such power was the ability to transport Punky and her friends, Margaux, Cherie, and Allen, and at times her dog, Brandon, to any part of the Earth instantly. Some episodes included Glomer having to correct his own mistakes, as when he plays around with magic and transforms Henry into a statue of Julius Caesar. It's Punky Brewster is the series' unofficial name (Punky when the show first premiered); on the title card and in TV listings, it was simply called Punky Brewster.
In season 2, shows 4 through 13 had a first-run episode and a repeat from the first season. The series was canceled in September 1987, but reruns returned from October 1988 until September 1989 after NBC's live action pre-teen show 2 Hip 4 TV was cancelled. The show was syndicated as a revolving feature of Maxie's World during the 1989-1990 season.
Season 1 (1985)Edit
|Nº||Ep||Title||Original air date|
|1||1||"Punky to the Rescue / The Quartersize Quarterback"||September 14, 1985|
|2||2||"The Gold Rush / Phar Out Pharaoh"||September 21, 1985|
|3||3||"Pretty Ugly / Glomer's Story"||September 28, 1985|
|4||4||"Brandon the Dialogue Dog / Winning Isn't Everything"||October 5, 1985|
|5||5||"Punky Wise and Pound Foolish / Christmas in July"||October 12, 1985|
|6||6||"Return to Chaundoon / A Small Mistake"||October 19, 1985|
|7||7||"Halloween Howlers / The Perils of Punky"||October 26, 1985|
|8||8||"Glomer Punks Out / Louvre Affair"||November 2, 1985|
|9||9||"Growing Pain / Double Your Punky"||November 9, 1985|
|10||10||"Spellbound / The Shoe Must Go On"||November 16, 1985|
|11||11||"Switchin' Places / How the Midwest Was Won"||November 23, 1985|
|12||12||"Any Wish Way You Can / The Bermuda Tangle"||November 30, 1985|
|13||13||"Unidentified Flying Glomer / Fish Story"||December 7, 1985|
Season 2 (1986)Edit
|Nº||Ep||Title||Original air date|
|14||1||"Little Orphan Punky / Punky's Millions"||September 13, 1986|
|15||2||"Punky, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves / Punky the Heiress"||September 20, 1986|
|16||3||"Fair Feathered Friend / Be My Glomley"||September 27, 1986|
|17||4||"All in Henry's Family"||October 4, 1986|
|Henry visits his eccentric sisters, bringing Punky and Cherie with him. This is the only segment in the series that Allen and Margaux do not appear.|
|18||5||"Call Me Ms."||October 11, 1986|
|Henry is going out of town on a business trip and hires a nanny to housesit, annoying Punky who thinks she no longer needs supervision. She asks Glomer to turn her into a full-grown woman, only to find herself unrecognized by her friends and a fish out of the water in the adult workforce.|
|19||6||"Punky P.I."||October 18, 1986|
|Punky opens a detective agency at school.|
|20||7||"Mississippi Mud"||October 25, 1986|
|Glomer takes the kids to a turn-of-the-century riverboat in Mississippi.|
|21||8||"Punky's Little Acre"||November 1, 1986|
|Margaux makes a mess of things at Punky's pen pal's farm.|
|22||9||"Camp Confusion"||November 8, 1986|
|It's Camp Tumbleweeds vs. Camp Towering Pines in athletic competition.|
|23||10||"Bright Eyes"||November 15, 1986|
|Cherie's deaf friend, Danny, wants to keep a lost puppy.|
|24||11||"Mother of the Year"||November 22, 1986|
|Tensions arise when Glomer creates a glomley-fueled mother for Punky.|
|25||12||"Allen Who?"||November 29, 1986|
|Glomer grants Allen's wish of never having been born.|
|26||13||"Caught in the Act"||December 6, 1986|
|After Henry spots him in the kitchen, Glomer gives him amnesia just before an important photography assignment.|
- Soleil Moon Frye - Punky Brewster
- George Gaynes - Henry Warnimont
- Ami Foster - Margaux Kramer
- Cherie Johnson - Cherie Johnson
- Casey Ellison - Allen Anderson
- Frank Welker - Glomer, Brandon (barking; speaking voice in "Brandon the Dialogue Dog")
- René Auberjonois
- Vince Edwards
- Pat Fraley
- Alejandro Garay
- Linda Gary
- Patty Glick
- Renae Jacobs
- Christina Lange
- Katie Leigh
- Joycelyne Lew
- Tress MacNeille
- Mea Martineau
- Janet Mays
- David Mendenhall
- Scott Menville - Chucky
- Lilly Moon
- Pat Musick
- Denise Pickering
- Hal Rayle
- Josh Rodine
- Neil Ross
- Shavar Ross
- Eddie Deezen
The show was released on VHS in 1991, and several different tapes were made.
The series is available on DVD as part of the Punky Brewster DVD releases. Each season also contains a certain number of episodes from it as a bonus feature. Due to music rights issues, "The Shoe Must Go On" is the only episode not released on DVD in the season box sets released by Shout! Factory; a song featured in that episode was "Axel F" by Harold Faltermeyer, the theme to Beverly Hills Cop.
- The series was parodied in the Robot Chicken episode "But Not In That Way" (aired February 8, 2009) with Soleil Moon Frye reprising Punky Brewster, Henry Warnimont voiced by Seth Green, and Glomer voiced by Tom Kane.
- Susie Garrett, who played Betty, and T.K. Carter, who played Mike, are the only regular cast members of the sitcom that did not appear in the series.
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- Crump, William D. (2019). Happy Holidays—Animated! A Worldwide Encyclopedia of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year's Cartoons on Television and Film. McFarland & Co. p. 57. ISBN 9781476672939.
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